Victoria Lentz ’15, Cybersecurity, Wins HP Scholarship

Earlier this year HP and the Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS) selected Victoria Lentz ’15, cybersecurity, and 10 other female cybersecurity students from across the U.S. to receive scholarships.

Lentz was in the first “cohort” of students to be accepted into UMBC’s Cyber Scholars Program, which began in Fall 2013. The program prides itself on influencing minorities and women to become involved in the cyber security and computing industries. With particular interests in malware and digital forensics, Lentz plans to work in the cybersecurity industry after finishing her undergraduate education to gain experience before returning to school for a Master’s degree.

UMBC Students Bike Across U.S. to Support Young Adults Affected by Cancer

Seven UMBC students are participating in the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults’ 4k for Cancer. Emily Ewing ’16, health administration policy, Eric Knapp, Tyler Stocksdale ’14, computer engineering, Harshini Chinnasamy ’14, biological sciences, Chris Moskal ’14, political science and global studies, Ashley Arnold ’15, mathematics, and Jessica King ’15, undergraduate studies, set out from Baltimore on June 1 and will ride their bicycles 4,000 miles across the country in 70 days to support, educate and connect young adults affected by cancer.

During their journey, the students will volunteer at hospitals and care facilities. Stocksdale spoke to The Gaston Gazette about their journey, saying, “You really have to take care of your body on the ride.”

Click here to read the article and here to follow their progress.

Phil Saunders Makes Professional Soccer Debut In Iceland

Former UMBC goalkeeper Phil Saunders has signed a contract with BÍ Bolungarvík of the Icelandic First Division. The former 2012 America East Tournament Most Outstanding Player made professional debut on July 19 and earned the victory in the team’s 6-4 victory over Tindastóll.

BÍ Bolungarvík stands at 4 wins, 6 losses and 2 draws with 10 games remaining in the league season, which concludes in mid-September.

Saunders is the lone American player on the squad. He joins Pete Caringi III (Oklahoma City Energy FC) and Kadeem Dacres (Arizona United FC) as three of UMBC’s four seniors from the 2013 America East title squad in the professional ranks.

“I am extremely happy for Phil and our UMBC soccer family,” said head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. “He has worked very hard for this moment and I can’t think of a more deserving player to represent UMBC. He will have left a soccer legacy along with fellow seniors Pete Caringi lll, Kadeem Dacres and Travis Dennis that will always be remembered for years to come.”

In 2013, Saunders was selected to America East Second Team and All-Championship Team for second consecutive season. He moved into second place on UMBC’s all-time shutouts list with 24, just one behind UMBC Hall of Famer Brian Rowland (’02).

Saunders finished second in the America East Conference and 19th in the country with a 0.70 goals against average. His career goals-against-average was 0.97 and the final record was 44-14-10 (.721).

Visual Ecology, Tom Cronin

A new book written by Tom Cronin and colleagues — the publisher’s note says:

“Visual ecology is the study of how animals use visual systems to meet their ecological needs, how these systems have evolved, and how they are specialized for particular visual tasks. Visual Ecology provides the first up-to-date synthesis of the field to appear in more than three decades. Featuring some 225 illustrations, including more than 140 in color, spread throughout the text, this comprehensive and accessible book begins by discussing the basic properties of light and the optical environment. It then looks at how photoreceptors intercept light and convert it to usable biological signals, how the pigments and cells of vision vary among animals, and how the properties of these components affect a given receptor’s sensitivity to light. The book goes on to examine how eyes and photoreceptors become specialized for an array of visual tasks, such as navigation, evading prey, mate choice, and communication.”

UMBC Recognized in New World University Rankings

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) 2014 global list recognizes UMBC as one of the top higher education institutions in the world. CWUR places UMBC in the top 2.3% of 22,000 colleges and universities worldwide, at #505.

The CWUR global ranking assesses quality of education (alumni who have won major international awards); alumni employment (as CEOs in companies worldwide); quality of faculty (faculty who have won major international awards); research publications, influence and citations; broad impact; and international patent filings.

In addition to excelling in these areas, UMBC is home to a diverse global community of scholars — both students and faculty — and recently launched a unique Global Studies program. This major gives students the robust cross-cultural foundation they need to act on issues of global significance. UMBC also offers compelling interdisciplinary programs in Asian Studies and Africana Studies.

A remarkable number of UMBC students study and research abroad each year, including several with prestigious Fulbright awards. Numerous courses, research programs, and co-curricular programs also focus on international collaboration, including UMBC’s Engineers Without Borders initiative to help residents of Insongo, Kenya reliably access clean drinking water.

UMBC is one of three University System of Maryland institutions on the list, which also includes the University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. U.S. institutions with a CWUR ranking similar to UMBC include George Mason University and Syracuse University. Clemson University, whose president is UMBC alumnus James P. Clements ’85, MS ’91, Ph.D. ’93, is also included in the list.

Click here to see the full rankings for the top 1000 institutions on the global list. The institutions include 229 U.S. universities, along with universities from dozens of other nations, such as China, Japan, the United Kingdom, France and Canada.

IMET Receives $600,000 Grant from Ratcliffe Foundation

The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) received a three year, $600,000 grant from the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation to implement the Ratcliffe Environmental Entrepreneurs Fellowship Program. IMET is a research institute supported by UMBC, University of Maryland Baltimore’s School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

The fellowship program supported by the grant will help young scientists gain leadership and business skills that will allow them to introduce their research to a commercial market. IMET Director Russell Hill commented, “This is a tremendous opportunity not only for IMET but also for investors, business people and citizens in the region who will benefit from economic development flowing from this new program.”

Click here to read more.

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Receives Warhol Foundation Fellowship

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded Maurice Berger, CADVC, a $100,000 grant in support of his forthcoming curatorial project, Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television. Berger was awarded $50,000 by the Warhol Foundation to support the research of Revolution of the Eye in 2012.

This exhibition and publication project represents the first collaborative institutional effort between the CADVC and the Jewish Museum in New York, where Maurice holds the title of Consulting Curator. The grant will be administered by The Jewish Museum.

Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television is currently scheduled to be open at the Jewish Museum in New York in May 2015. The exhibition will have a major national tour, traveling to additional venues through 2017 including The Addison Gallery of America Art, Andover, MA; The Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; and Nova Southeastern University of Art, Ft. Lauderdale. The exhibition will be on display at the CADVC in the fall of 2016.

About Revolution of The Eye:

“From the early-1940s through the mid-1960s, a dynamic new visual medium emerged in the United States that, in its risk-taking and aesthetic experimentation, paralleled the cutting-edge nature of modern art: television. The revolutionary and uncharted medium attracted younger television executives, writers, producers, and directors. Scores of socially and culturally progressive and predominantly Jewish network executives, producers, directors, art directors, and writers—figures such as Paddy Chayefsky, William Golden, Leonard Goldenson, Robert Kintner, Ernie Kovacs, Dan Melnick, William S. Paley, David Sarnoff, Frank Stanton, David Susskind, and Rod Serling—mined the aesthetic, stylistic, and conceptual possibilities of a new and powerful technology. These innovators worked in a cultural milieu far less constricted by the competition for box office revenue and the censorious production codes then preoccupying the motion picture industry.

As the geographic focus of the networks shifted from the Hollywood movie studios to a television industry initially centered in New York, the proximity of these innovators to the city’s dynamic artistic and cultural community—particularly the avant-garde art and philosophies of the New York School, an artistic milieu also with a significant Jewish presence—would result in a powerful conceptual and stylistic synergy between modern art and early television.”

More information about the exhibition and the grant is available at the Warhol Foundation’s website.

UMBC Named “Best Buy” by Fiske Guide to Colleges

The 2015 Fiske Guide to Colleges named UMBC as a “Best Buy” university. UMBC was one of only 22 public universities chosen for the list, which includes schools like University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Arizona State University. The “Best Buy” distinction is achieved through academic excellence, affordability and quality of student life.

In the guide, Fiske highlights UMBC’s strengths in the social sciences, visual and performing arts, science and technology. The guide also commends UMBC’s commitment to undergraduate research, meaningful internships, study abroad programs, and entrepreneurship education.

Click here to read more.

Lynn Cazabon, Visual Arts, Receives Fulbright Teaching Award

Associate Professor Lynn Cazabon, Visual Arts, has received a Fulbright Teaching Award to work at Leipaja University for the Spring 2015 semester.

Leipaja University is in Leipaja, Latvia, a city of 75,00 located in the western part of the country on the Baltic Sea. Cazabon says her “project proposal is to develop and teach classes centered on Photography and Public Art in their New Media Arts Program. I will also pursue a project of my own focused on local traditions centered on mushroom harvesting as they connect to country-wide environmental conservation policies.”

UMBC Co-Hosts NIH Regional Seminar

UMBC Research Poster at NIH June 2014 - 2

Tina Stanger, Deborah Waters, Dean Drake, and Tim Sparklin

UMBC joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Towson University in co-hosting the 2014 Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration on June 25-27, 2014.

The seminar is intended to demystify the NIH application and review process, clarify federal regulations and policies, and highlight current areas of special interest for research administrators, graduate students and new investigators. Over 800 participants from across the nation and from a variety of research institutes attended the seminar.

“We are delighted that UMBC was invited to co-host this Regional NIH Seminar,” says Karl Steiner, Vice President for Research at UMBC. “The exposure of our colleagues to the latest information directly from NIH is invaluable, and it gave our campus a chance to share with other participants the exciting research activities underway at UMBC.”